Law Seminars International Presents: The Second Annual Legal and Technical Seminar on

Hydrology and the Law
Addressing contamination, climate change, flooding and landslide hazards

May 29, 2015
Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, consultants, agency officials and other participants in water rights disputes who have interests in water rights, property transactions, water-delivery conflicts, water-related liability, and/or water policy

Why You Should Order

This seminar discusses large-scale issues including basin scale contamination, climate change, flooding and landslide hazards and how the technical assessments and legal frameworks are developed and applied. Our distinguished faculty of leading technical experts and environmental attorneys will provide tools for understanding surface water, the role of snow pack, rainfall, and changes to land use as well as physical properties of groundwater flow and its interaction with the surface hydrologic cycle. You will hear about the hydrology of landslides, flood plain hazards, and basin-scale nitrate impacts. In addition, you will hear experts discuss recent case law and how the science applies to the law. Speakers will discuss the anticipated impact of climate change on the hydrologic cycle, and in a back and forth discussion between a lawyer and a consultant, you will hear about projects from inception to mitigation with a focus on mitigation strategies. This is an exceptional opportunity for anyone involved in water policy, regulation or disputes.

Program Co-Chairs: Molly A. Lawrence, Van Ness Feldman LLP, Esq., and Glen Wallace, Ph.D., LG, Pacific Groundwater Group


Friday, May 29, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Molly A. Lawrence, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Seattle, WA

Glen Wallace, Ph.D., LG, Program Co-Chair, Associate Geologist
Pacific Ground Water Group / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

A Look at the Future: Climate Change and the Anticipated Impact on the Hydrologic Cycle

Legal and practical impacts of the recent Executive Order on climate change and flooding

Molly A. Lawrence, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Seattle, WA

Physical properties of groundwater flow and interaction with surface hydrologic cycle; tools for understanding groundwater and how we apply them

Glen Wallace, Ph.D. LG, Program Co-Chair
Pacific Ground Water Group / Seattle, WA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Crossing Analytical Scales: Hydrology from the Big Picture to Specific Sites

Basin-scale nitrate impacts with an emphasis on identification of the problem and technical approaches to mapping and describing the problem as a basis for decision-making

Glenn Mutti-Driscoll, LG, LHG,, Hydrogeologist
Pacific Ground Water Group / Seattle, WA

Discussion of the technical approaches to development of flood plain hazard maps; effects of natural processes, supporting data/information, and interaction with changes due to urbanization

Raymond Walton, Ph.D., P. E.
West Consultants / Bellevue, WA

The hydrology of landslides and development of landslide hazard maps; the role of water in landslide hazards and how that information is integrated at individual locations and statewide hazard maps

Dan P. McShane, LG, Engineering Geologist
Stratum Group / Bellingham, WA

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Applying the Science to the Law: Case Studies of Issues in Various Legal Contexts

Legal implications of the recent CARE v. Cow Palace Decision in the Yakima Valley and implications for future regulation of dairy and related agricultural facilities under RCRA

Ralph H. Palumbo, Esq.
Summit Law Group / Seattle, WA

Flooding: Practical impacts of tightening criteria on developments and construction feasibility; current difficulties in complying with the Biological Opinion

Gerry Ervine, Land Use Manager
City of Everett / Everett, WA

The Common Enemy Rule: The Real Common Enemy is Ambiguous Case Law.

David A. Bricklin, Esq.
Bricklin Newman LLP / Seattle, WA

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

A Look at the Future: Climate Change and the Anticipated Impact on the Hydrologic Cycle

Implications for aquifer depletion and recharge in the more arid portions of the state; projected changes in snowpack

Matt Bachmann, Ph.D., Hydrologist
USGS WA Water Science Center / Tacoma, WA

Natural and human factors influencing extreme high and low stream flows and flooding in Washington State: Understanding the role of snow pack, rainfall, changes to land use and permeable area, and extreme coastal sea levels

Jon Ambrose, Senior Hydrologist
GeoEngineers / Seattle, WA

4:00 pm


Back and forth between a lawyer and a technical person on projects from inception to mitigation with a focus on development of mitigation strategies

Patrick J. Mullaney, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

Paul Fendt, P.E., Stormwater Group Lead
Parametrix / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $595 with a group rate of $445 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $395. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 6.5 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Molly Lawrence, Program Co-Chair, partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP, counsels public and private clients in all facets of land use law, including divergent federal, state and local statutes and regulations, drafting new and revised laws and regulations, and advising clients through the legislative process.
Full bio and contact info for Molly A. Lawrence at Van Ness Feldman LLP

Glen Wallace, Ph.D., LG, Program Co-Chair, Associate Geologist, Pacific Ground Water Group, is experienced in contaminated site investigation and remedial design, contaminant fate and transport, groundwater modeling, monitoring well design and installation, structural geologic analysis, environmental site assessment, landfill environmental monitoring and corrective action, and database management.

Jon Ambrose, Senior Hydrologist, GeoEngineers, works on the Water and Natural Resources river team. He manages diverse projects with water-related considerations. From restoring river habitat to evaluating stream scour for pipeline projects to predicting hydroelectric dam power generation levels.

Matt Bachmann is a Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington Water Science Center in Tacoma, where he has focused on groundwater modeling. His recent projects assess effects of exempt well pumping in the Yakima River basin and possible future climate and water-use scenarios on Bainbridge Island.

David A. Bricklin, partner at Bricklin & Newman LLP, has both litigation and policy experience with environmental and land use issues. He was closely involved in the development of the Growth Management Act, the Land Use Petition Act, and the State Superfund law (MTCA) and has served or is serving on the boards of the Washington Environmental Council, Climate Solutions, Futurewise and Washington Conservation Voters.

Gerry Ervine, Land Use Manager, City of Everett, supervises the land use review process, including environmental and other project permit reviews.

Paul Fendt, Senior Water Resources Engineer & Project Manager at Parametrix, has experience in storm and surface water planning and policy development, flood control, stormwater compliance and permitting, natural resource restoration and mitigation design. His projects have included the Sea-Tac International Airport Third Runway and the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV project.

Dan P. McShane founded Stratum Group and manages its geologic and environmental projects. He is a licensed engineering geologist and has subsurface solid and groundwater investigation and clean up experience ranging from small-scale projects to multi-million dollar Superfund sites. He has also conducted hundreds of evaluations on landslide areas,

Patrick J. Mullaney, member, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on land use, environmental and real estate law, including: Land use due diligence, permitting and permit defense, SEPA, NEPA, wetland and critical areas regulations, local land use regulations and comprehensive plans, GMA, SMA, and MTCA.

Glenn Mutti-Driscoll, LG, LHG, Hydrogeologist at Pacific Ground Water Group, has been primarily involved with large-scale infiltration investigations for the disposal and reuse of stormwater and reclaimed water, nitrate contamination studies, solid waste landfill monitoring, hydrogeologic characterizations, aquifer analyses, investigating surface water and groundwater interactions, and modeling groundwater flow and contaminant transport.

Ralph H. Palumbo, founding member of Summit Law Group, has a unique depth of experience in complex commercial litigation, environmental matters, and corporate and business law. He is listed in the top 100 Superlawyers, a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers and ranked in Chambers.

Raymond Walton, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Lead Hydraulic Engineer, has nearly 40 years of experience conducting hydrologic and hydraulic studies for clients throughout the world. In the Pacific Northwest, he has managed numerous flood studies for FEMA Region 10, the Corps of Engineers and various other agencies.

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